||Installing Tomcat on Mac OS X|
|Subject:||Security of system files - chmod 777?|
I would suggest not making the file both writable and executable by everyone. 775 is a more secure mode (root and group allowed), or, if you want to make sure only root can write the file (most secure mode), 755.
I wouldn't recommend using chmod 777 to anyone as a matter of course, on a unix-based system such as MacOS X.